The history of orthopaedics in Australia is richly interwoven with the dedication of its surgeons. Their stories are closely intertwined with determination, innovation, politics, controversy and once, sadly, many years ago, multiple murders by a disgruntled patient.

Orthopaedic surgeons are characterised by a passion for their profession and generosity in passing on their skills to new generations of trainee surgeons throughout Australia. Many also give willingly of their time and skills in developing countries where they have been known to operate with intermittent power, few tools and basic facilities while staying in ‘no-star’ accommodation.

The story of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and the development of its subspecialties in the 36 years from 1980 to 2016 is recent enough to be recounted by the people who have experienced and made that history.

It throws new light on the challenges, issues and the people who have made the profession what it is today and is essential reading for those early in their surgical careers, as well as offering stimulating recollections for those already well established in the profession.

ISBN 9780987509598
290 mm X 190 mm
240 pp
Illustrated, 2-colour
Available only through the Australian Orthopaedic Association

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